Zelda fans, get ready to Ocarina of Time….in 3D


The good folks over at Nintendo have today announced its Q2 lineup, and in it we learn when we will be enjoying Zelda on 3DS!

Mark your calendars, because June 19th will be Ocarnina of Time day here in North America. Also announced is a new version of everyones favorite mini game collection Wii Play: Motion which includes….yeah you guessed it, a Wii Remote Plus to go along with 12 new motion-controlled mini games.

You can read the full press release after the jump.

Who will be purchasing a 3DS on June 19th exclusively for Zelda? Anyone excited about Wii Play: Motion or any other games listed for release?


Roster Includes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D with Master Quest, Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust and Wii Play: Motion with Wii Remote Plus

REDMOND, Wash., April 12, 2011 – Nintendo of America today revealed a diverse lineup of new video games set to launch during the second quarter of 2011. Whether they’re playing at home on the Wiiâ„¢ system, having fun on the go with the Nintendo DSâ„¢ family of systems or discovering the new Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ hand-held system, consumers will have a wide variety of engaging, inclusive experiences to choose from as Nintendo and its publishing partners unleash more than 50 games in the coming months.

A June 19 launch date has been set for The Legend of Zeldaâ„¢: Ocarina of Timeâ„¢ 3D, a re-mastered edition of one of the most acclaimed installments in The Legend of Zelda series, created exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. Wii owners, meanwhile, can look forward to the June 13 launch of Wii Playâ„¢: Motion, which includes 12 new motion-controlled games and will be packaged with a black Wii Remoteâ„¢ Plus controller. Upcoming games also include Mystery Case Filesâ„¢: Dust to Dustâ„¢ for the Wii system, which combines the seek-and-solve fun of the puzzle-based series with adventuresome story elements, multiplayer modes and the intuitive motion control of the Wii Remoteâ„¢ controller.

“Following a tremendous launch for Nintendo 3DS, our roster of upcoming games for Wii and all of our hand-held systems will keep the momentum going strong into summer,” said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. “Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Wii Play: Motion offer exciting additions to some of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, while our third-party partners continue to provide blockbuster gaming experiences for Nintendo systems.”

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D brings a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda game series to Nintendo’s newest hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Linkâ„¢. A streamlined touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls provide a fresh and intuitive feel as players immerse themselves in the tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a masterful improvement on one of the landmark releases in video game history.

With the June 13 launch of Wii Play: Motion, Wii owners will be twisting, turning and enjoying themselves like never before, whether they’re newcomers to the console or have already discovered the fun of the popular Wii Play game. From catching a gust of wind by tilting an umbrella to fending off garden pests by swinging a mallet, each of the 12 included games will have players smiling wide as they use their Wii Remote Plus controller (or Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlusâ„¢ accessory) in a variety of interesting, sometimes unexpected ways. Wii Play: Motion comes packaged with a Wii Remote Plus controller – which combines the original Wii Remote controller with the precision of Wii MotionPlus – to deliver great value, precise motion control and immersive social fun that anyone in the household can pick up and instantly enjoy.

Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust brings the intrigue and sleuthing of Big Fish Games’ Mystery Case Files series to the Wii system for the first time. The game transports players to the enigmatic Malgrave Island, where they must hunt for hidden objects and solve puzzles to collect a magically powerful dust scattered across the island. Anyone can delve quickly and easily into the game’s rich seek-and-solve action, using the Wii Remote controller to examine multi-layered hidden-object scenes, locate cleverly concealed items and obtain inventory items that will help to overcome brain-teasing obstacles. Multiplayer features allow players to team up and crack the case together or face off in a competitive hunt for hidden objects. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer features and are sold separately.) No matter who’s playing, it’ll take sharp eyes and a keen mind to get to the bottom of Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust.

Third-party publishers will offer a spectacular range of new software for Nintendo systems in the months to come. Among the upcoming games for the Wii console are Konami Digital Entertainment’s Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 and Disney Interactive Studios’ LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. Nintendo 3DS users can look forward to a May launch for TECMO KOEI’s DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions, while Warner Bros. Interactive’s Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is set to launch simultaneously for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family of systems on June 7.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.


Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ Stealth Force Edition – June 14

Deep Silver, Inc.
Get Fit with Mel B – Spring

Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – May

Cars 2: The Video Game – Summer

Graffiti Entertainment, Inc.
Reader Rabbit® Preschool – April
Reader Rabbit® Kindergarten – April
Reader Rabbit® 1st Grade – April
Reader Rabbit® 2nd Grade – April

Konami Digital Entertainment
Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 – Spring

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
ExerBeat™ – April 26

Wii Play™: Motion – June 13
Mystery Case Files™: Dust to Dust™ – June 27

Thor™: God of Thunder – May 3
The Conduit™ 2 – April 12

THQ Inc.
Rio – April 12
SpongeBob SquigglePants – April 12
Kung Fu Panda® 2 – May 24

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – June 7

Nintendo DS Family

Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ AUTOBOTS™ – June 14
Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ DECEPTICONS™ – June 14
Squinkies – April 12

Bergsala Lightweight LLC
Loving Life with Hello Kitty® and Friends – May 10

Deep Silver, Inc.
Duke Nukem: Critical Mass – Q2

Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – May

Cars 2: The Video Game – Summer

Easy Interactive
Hollywood Files – June 14
Picture Puzzle Collection – May 17
Match 3 Madness – May 3

Konami Digital Entertainment
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011 – May 10

Majesco Entertainment
Cake Mania Main Street – May

Thor™: God of Thunder – May 3

THQ Inc.
Rio – April 12
Paws & Claws Pampered Pets 2™ – April 12
Kung Fu Panda® 2 – May 24

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
LEGO® Battles: Ninjago – Spring
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – June 7

Nintendo 3DS

Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ Stealth Force Edition 3D – June 14

Aksys Games Localization, Inc.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II – May 24

Crave Games
Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion – May 24

D3 Publisher
Dream Triggerâ„¢ 3D – April

Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – May

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
DualPenSports™ – May
PAC-MAN® & Galaga® DIMENSIONS – June

The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D – June 19

NIS America, Inc.
Cave Story 3D – June 28

DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions – May

THQ Inc.
SpongeBob SquigglePants – May 17

Ubisoft Entertainment
Driver® Renegade – Spring
Rabbids® Travel in Time – April 10
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D – April 10
James Noir’s Hollywood Crimesâ„¢ – June 7

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – June 7

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. Looks like– upcoming eshop releases aside–Zelda’s the only non-launch 3DS game I’ll be buying for a while. Can’t wait!

    And I sure hope the new Wii Play games are better than the original batch–although Cow Racing was a lot of fun.

  2. Wootburgersauce. Hopefully I’ll have bought my 3DS by then. :3 At least, I should have bought it by then the way things are going. :T

  3. Now you can race your cow with the added precision of Wii Motion Plusâ„¢!

  4. Not sure which game I’m more hyped for on the 3DS, OoT or Cave Story.

    This whole bare list is giving a lot of credibility to that “Wii 2” rumor I’ve heard of.

  5. @Frank0127
    Gotta love Cave Story! As for “Wii 2” ….well, I guess we will just have to wait for e3 to see what Nintendo does in the home console space.

  6. Cave Story and Zelda are on my purchase list… quite interested in what Activision plans on doing with Transformers on the 3DS… looks like it will be different than the DS versions which is interesting!

    Now Zelda 3DS… will this be the first non-grey cart? Anyone else think this will be a Gold cart release? I never played much of the N64 version… maybe 4 hours or so and then I had to give it back to my friend. It was a great start and now I can play through the whole game on my 3DS… really looking forward to this great adventure!

  7. @King_salamon

    Maybe even make it a “special edition” gold cartridge to commemorate the franchises 25th anniversary.

  8. The Wii Play: Motion release makes me wonder if Skyward Sword is closer than we think. Nintendo is probably trying to increase saturation of Motion+ among Wii owners in the months prior to SS’s release.

  9. I’m pre-ordering my copy today!

  10. June 19th is Father’s Day…..guess what I will be getting from my kids this year…….

  11. Am I the only person who thinks that OoT is extremely overrated?

    I mean, I played the 2D Zeldas when I was a kid, most notably the Oracle series. I love the Wind Waker. I love Twilight Princess. Never played Majora’s Mask, but I hear it’s a little too side-questy for me.

    I mean, it wasn’t a bad game, by any means, but if I were forced to give it a number score, I’d only rate it 3 goombas out of 5.

    As a side-note for this list, this half of the year looks pretty bleak for the big N, at least for me. A lot of high-profile games here, but I already have a 3DS fighter, already have Cave Story, and already played OoT recently. The rest is mostly shovelware.

    Here’s hoping they announce Xenoblade, Solatorobo, Pandora’s Tower at E3.

  12. @Monkat
    Did you play Twilight Princess and Wind Waker before Ocarina? Remember that OoT was revolutionary -for its time- and that it was the first 3D Zelda experience for many people who were a lot younger back then. Nostalgia + first to innovate = high appraisal. I’m not saying it’s a wrong call to say Ocarina is one of the finest games ever, but that the circumstances that surround it also influence that rating. If you were to play Wind Waker and/or Twilight Princess before OoT, you’d then be playing the basic blueprint for those games, specially TP which is at bare bones sight, Ocarina 1.5.

  13. Monkat —

    The thing is, OOT was the first game of its kind, and pretty much hit it out of the ballpark , pushing the N64 to amazing heights of creativity and immersion.

    Remember, everything you love about Windwaker and Twighlight Princess owes it’s existence to OOT. So, no, I wouldn’t call it overrated.

  14. Wow out of all the things they coulda done with wm+ they’re bringing out another mini game collection? No thanks. What an underused peripheral wm+ is!! Thank god there was red steel 2 and skyward sword coming…..

  15. definitely picking up OoT 3D. now if only they could make this fan made Zelda 3DS April Fools joke a reality http://bit.ly/fj5lB6

  16. Zelda OoT for me. 🙂 Can’t wati for that to come out. Not sure about wii Play motion. The first game was dumb. Although my firen adn I love the battle tank game. 🙂 They shoud keep that on the new game, maybe add more levels or features? Online play? Leaderborads? Improved graphics? That woudl be awesome.

    Not a word on Star Fox 64 3DS. Wonder when that is coming out. Although I am sure we will be getting it alongside Kid Icarus for Summer. Although two Nintendo on rail shooters woudl be sor t of odd to release at the same quarter time frame. We could get Kid Icarus in the Summer and Star Fox either in the Fall with Mario Kart or delay it unti next year, which is doubtful because it looks nearly finished. That may be a safe bet. I am also betting Mario Kart 3DS, Animal Crossing make a huge splash at e3 and are released in the Fall.

  17. Oh yeah maybe a hint of reveal of Wii 2 or the Super Wii at e3? I coudl see that . nontendo shows a prototype of one adn says it will be out in December 2012. 🙂


  19. Pretty uninspiring. 2 games that would catch my eye for the 3DS and one Gamefly rental worth game (Thor) … And that one only because my seven year old liked the promo on Nintendo Channel.

  20. To me, the bigger story here is that Nintendo said Skyward Sword would come out after Ocarina of Time 3D. Now we have a release date for OOT 3D, which places SS sometime in the not too distant future, I hope.


    In a word: Yes.

  21. @Chelsea
    My money is on a September release.

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